In those instances when you may have left a little extra room for dessert, don’t forget these sweet treats from restaurants and local shops.


What’s a dinner night out or a weekend without a visit to Key Largo Chocolates or Keys Chocolates in Islamorada? Answer: It’s not as sweet. There’s plenty of chocolates and ice cream selections to satisfy all the taste buds. But there might not be a sweeter treat than the Key lime pie on a stick.


Sparky’s Sweet Treats shop brings kids and parents’ ice cream concoction imaginations to life. Located at the Waldorf plaza in Key Largo next to Subway, tasty treats like cookies and ice cream are even available for dogs. Enjoy a frozen treat inside an invigorating, kid-friendly atmosphere containing pool tables, games and Wifi.


Enjoying a meal during a nice day or a picturesque sunset? End your dining experience with Lorelei’s famous frozen Key lime pie. It’s creamy and whipped, and it’s less tart than your typical Key lime pie. It’s topped with mango sauce and whipped cream.

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Jim McCarthy is a northerner who escaped the snow and frigid temperatures for warm living by the water. A former crime & court reporter and city editor for two Western New York newspapers, Jim has been honing his craft since his graduation from St. Bonaventure University in 2014. In his 3 years in the Keys, Jim has enjoyed connecting with the community. “One of my college professors would always preach to be curious,” he said. “Behind every person is a story that’s unique to them, and one worth telling. Behind every community is resiliency and resolve in difficult times. As writers, we are the ones who paint the pictures in the readers minds of the emotions, the struggles and the triumphs.” Jim serves as President of the Key Largo Sunset Rotary Club, which is composed of energetic members who serve the community’s youth and older populations. “It’s a group that lives by the motto ‘Service Above Self,’” he says. “We’ve done service projects at the Tavernier nursing home, sitting down and socializing with residents. “We’ve also supplied cameras to young students exploring the Keys ecosystem.” Jim loves sports, family and time exploring underneath the water depths.